New Orleans Jazz Festival Returns with Pearl Jam, Van Morrison
It’s hard to image as winter gets a firm foothold, but the sultry, spring New Orleans Jazz Festival is just around the corner. The festival is headlined by heavyweight music acts like Pearl Jam, Van Morrison, Widespread Panic, The Black Crowes and My Morning Jacket. The 2010 edition of the New Orleans Jazz Festival marks the 41st running of the classic music event that features an eclectic blend of musical genres from rock and pop to gospel and blues.
The festival will take place over two weekends – April 23-25 and April 29-May 2 — at the New Orleans’ Fair Grounds Race Course. This year’s edition of the festival drew crowds of 40,000 to see first time participant Bon Jovi among other acts.
Other big name acts that will be participating in this year’s festival include Elvis Costello, The Allman Brothers, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Richie, Darius Rucker, Jeff Beck and hundreds of other artists. In addition to featuring nationally known acts, the New Orleans Jazz Festival also highlights local musical acts as well as food and craft booths.
Tickets went onsale Tuesday (12/15) via Ticketmaster and range in price from $45 for a single day admission to $120 for a three-day package and $160 for a four-day on the second weekend. If you can stomach the sometimes abrasive heat, this event is one not to be missed.